Luke Hansford



🌱 Seedling3 min read

I’d like for 2022 to be my “year of habits”, so this note will act as a place to store wisdom and thoughts related to creating/maintaining/losing habits.

To make a thing inevitable, do as much as you can right now. For instance, to make it inevitable to take a letter to my office the next day, I put it inside my shoes. - BF Skinner

Habits > Willpower If you want to change your own behavior, developing a new habit is going to be more effective than applying willpower. 1

The consistency of your endeavors (exercise, companionship, work) is more important than the quantity. Nothing beats small things done every day, which is way more important than what you do occasionally. 2

We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day, and underestimate what we can achieve in a decade. Miraculous things can be accomplished if you give it ten years. A long game will compound small gains to overcome even big mistakes. 2

If you repeated what you did today 365 more times will you be where you want to be next year? 2

Habit is far more dependable than inspiration. Make progress by making habits. Don't focus on getting into shape. Focus on becoming the kind of person who never misses a workout. 2

Personal baseline

This is inspired by the post Finding my baseline from Mike Crittenden. In essence a baseline are the things you do in a day to keep you in a good headspace and not dip into existentialism/depression/$YOUR_PERSONAL_HANGUP (for me it's usually existentialism). A lot of these are what new habits are generally driving towards - adjusting your baseline so you can feel better each day.

My current baseline is:

  • Did some writing (at least one 30 minute stretch). The topic doesn't seem to matter, just the act of dedicated writing seems to energise me.
  • 2 or less coffees. More than that sends me spiralling as I tend to sleep late and that flow into the next day.
  • Following on from that, roughly 7-8 hours of sleep, ideally at a recurring time.
  • I'm sticking to my GTD reviews, specifically doing a daily review. If I don't do this I start to feel adrift.

I'd like to add to that list, but I'm still trying to figure out what exactly fits!


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